- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Speak up, start doing something
I will finally admit it. The federal government has expanded to influence and control many areas it should not, often reaching outside constitutional bounds. The recent health care bill and runaway spending are additional symptoms of this long-term trend of expansion. Both parties are responsible. I also share responsibility by saying and doing nothing in the past. We must do something different in order to reverse this trend and its logical progression to government interference in areas once thought sacrosanct.
I am not alone in these observations, because a few people have had the courage to speak up publicly despite the risk of being alone, ignored, marginalized and labeled paranoid, kooky, insincere and worse, or being caught associating with people so labeled. We will disagree with them on much, like word choice, but if we do not stand with them when they're right, we are abandoning our fellow citizens who stick their necks out and discouraging others who would agree but, like myself, are usually silent to avoid attention.
Everyone, please start doing something you have not done before to speak up and start moving things in the right direction whether through letters like this, letters to leaders at all levels, rallies, etc. Then back it up by electing candidates who intend to return to constitutional bounds, even if it means selecting parties and candidates you would never even consider in the past. We need to exercise our freedoms if we expect to keep them in the future.
ERIC LYNCH, Cape Girardeau